Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2022

CourtEmployment And Training Administration,Mine Safety And Health Administration,Occupational Safety And Health Administration,Wage And Hour Division,Workers' Compensation Programs Office
Citation87 FR 2328
Publication Date14 January 2022
Record Number2022-00144
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airspace is necessary to ensure proper
containment of the procedures.
Additionally, this action removes the
China Lake (NAVY) TACAN from the
Class E5 text header and airspace
description. The navigational aid
(NAVAID) is not needed to describe the
airspace area, and removal of the
NAVAID simplifies the airspace
description.
Lastly, this action implements
numerous administrative updates to
Class D and Class E5 text headers and
the Class D airspace description. The
city name in the first line of the text
headers is amended from ‘‘China Lake
NWC’’ to ‘‘China Lake’’, to match the
FAA database. The airport name in the
second line of the text headers is
amended from ‘‘China Lake NWC’’ to
‘‘China Lake NAWS (Armitage Field)
Airport’’, to match the FAA database.
The geographic coordinates in the third
line of the text headers are updated to
‘‘lat. 35°4109N, long. 117°4132W’’,
to match the FAA database. The term
‘‘Airport/Facility Directory’’ in the last
line of the Class D airspace description
is updated to ‘‘Chart Supplement.’’
FAA Order JO 7400.11, Airspace
Designations and Reporting Points, is
published yearly and effective on
September 15.
Regulatory Notices and Analyses
The FAA has determined that this
regulation only involves an established
body of technical regulations for which
frequent and routine amendments are
necessary to keep them operationally
current, is non-controversial, and
unlikely to result in adverse or negative
comments. It, therefore: (1) Is not a
‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under
Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a
‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT
Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44
FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3)
does not warrant preparation of a
regulatory evaluation as the anticipated
impact is so minimal. Since this is a
routine matter that will only affect air
traffic procedures and air navigation, it
is certified that this rule, when
promulgated, would not have a
significant economic impact on a
substantial number of small entities
under the criteria of the Regulatory
Flexibility Act.
Environmental Review
The FAA has determined that this
action qualifies for categorical exclusion
under the National Environmental
Policy Act in accordance with FAA
Order 1050.1F, ‘‘Environmental
Impacts: Policies and Procedures,’’
paragraph 5–6.5a. This airspace action
is not expected to cause any potentially
significant environmental impacts, and
no extraordinary circumstances exist
that warrant the preparation of an
environmental assessment.
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71
Airspace, Incorporation by reference,
Navigation (air).
Adoption of the Amendment
In consideration of the foregoing, the
Federal Aviation Administration
amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows:
PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A,
B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR
TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND
REPORTING POINTS
1. The authority citation for 14 CFR
part 71 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40103,
40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR,
1959–1963 Comp., p. 389.
§ 71.1 [Amended]
2. The incorporation by reference in
14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order JO 7400.11F,
Airspace Designations and Reporting
Points, dated August 10, 2021, and
effective September 15, 2021, is
amended as follows:
Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace.
* * * * *
AWP CA D China Lake, CA [Amended]
China Lake NAWS (Armitage Field) Airport,
CA
(Lat. 35°4109N, long. 117°4132W)
That airspace extending upward from the
surface to and including 4,800 feet MSL
within a 4.5-mile radius of the airport, and
within 1.9 miles each side of the 226° bearing
from the airport extending from the 4.5-mile
radius to 5.3 miles southwest of the airport.
This Class D airspace area is effective during
the specific dates and times established in
advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective
date and time will thereafter be continuously
published in the Chart Supplement.
Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas
Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More
Above the Surface of the Earth.
* * * * *
AWP CA E5 China Lake, CA [Amended]
China Lake NAWS (Armitage Field) Airport,
CA
(Lat. 35°4109N, long. 117°4132W)
That airspace extending upward from 700
feet above the surface within a 4.5-mile
radius of the airport, and within a 7-mile
radius of the airport from the 115° bearing
from the airport clockwise to the 271° bearing
from the airport, and within 2.9 miles each
side of the 184° bearing from the airport
extending from the 7-mile radius to 9 miles
south of the airport.
Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on
January 4, 2022.
B.G. Chew,
Acting Group Manager, Operations Support
Group, Western Service Center.
[FR Doc. 2022–00279 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training
Administration
20 CFR Part 655
Office of Workers’ Compensation
Programs
20 CFR Parts 702, 725, and 726
Office of the Secretary
29 CFR Part 5
41 CFR Part 50–201
Wage and Hour Division
29 CFR Parts 500, 501, 503, 530, 570,
578, 579, 801, 810, and 825
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29 CFR Part 1903
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Department of Labor Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act
Annual Adjustments for 2022
AGENCY
: Employment and Training
Administration, Office of Workers’
Compensation Programs, Office of the
Secretary, Wage and Hour Division,
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration, Employee Benefits
Security Administration, and Mine
Safety and Health Administration,
Department of Labor.
ACTION
: Final rule.
SUMMARY
: The U.S. Department of Labor
(Department) is publishing this final
rule to adjust for inflation the civil
monetary penalties assessed or enforced
by the Department, pursuant to the
Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by
the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act Improvements Act of
2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The
Inflation Adjustment Act requires the
Department to annually adjust its civil
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M–22–07, Implementation of Penalty Inflation
Adjustments for 2022, Pursuant to the Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements
Act of 2015 (Dec. 15, 2021).
money penalty levels for inflation no
later than January 15 of each year. The
Inflation Adjustment Act provides that
agencies shall adjust civil monetary
penalties notwithstanding Section 553
of the Administrative Procedure Act
(APA). Additionally, the Inflation
Adjustment Act provides a cost-of-living
formula for adjustment of the civil
penalties. Accordingly, this final rule
sets forth the Department’s 2022 annual
adjustments for inflation to its civil
monetary penalties.
DATES
: This final rule is effective on
January 15, 2022. As provided by the
Inflation Adjustment Act, the increased
penalty levels apply to any penalties
assessed after January 15, 2022.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Erin
FitzGerald, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S.
Department of Labor, Room S–2312, 200
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington,
DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–5076
(this is not a toll-free number). Copies
of this final rule may be obtained in
alternative formats (large print, Braille,
audio tape or disc), upon request, by
calling (202) 693–5959 (this is not a toll-
free number). TTY/TDD callers may dial
toll-free 1–877–889–5627 to obtain
information or request materials in
alternative formats.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Preamble Table of Contents
I. Background
II. Adjustment for 2022
III. Paperwork Reduction Act
IV. Administrative Procedure Act
V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory
Planning and Review, Executive Order
13563: Improving Regulation and
Regulatory Review, and Executive Order
13771: Reducing Regulations and
Controlling Regulatory Costs
VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act and Small
Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act
VII. Other Regulatory Considerations
A. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of
1995
B. Executive Order 13132: Federalism
C. Executive Order 13175: Indian Tribal
Governments
D. The Treasury and General Government
Appropriations Act of 1999: Assessment
of Federal Regulations and Policies on
Families
E. Executive Order 13045: Protection of
Children From Environmental Health
Risks and Safety Risks
F. Environmental Impact Assessment
G. Executive Order 13211: Energy Supply
H. Executive Order 12630: Constitutionally
Protected Property Rights
I. Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice
Reform Analysis
I. Background
On November 2, 2015, Congress
enacted the Federal Civil Penalties
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements
Act of 2015, Public Law 114–74, sec.
701 (Inflation Adjustment Act), which
further amended the Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of
1990 as previously amended by the
1996 Debt Collection Improvement Act
(collectively, the ‘‘Prior Inflation
Adjustment Act’’), to improve the
effectiveness of civil monetary penalties
and to maintain their deterrent effect.
The Inflation Adjustment Act required
agencies to (1) adjust the level of civil
monetary penalties with an initial
‘‘catch-up’’ adjustment through an
interim final rule (IFR); and (2) make
subsequent annual adjustments for
inflation no later than January 15 of
each year.
On July 1, 2016, the Department
published an IFR that established the
initial catch-up adjustment for most
civil penalties that the Department
administers and requested comments.
See 81 FR 43430 (DOL IFR). On January
18, 2017, the Department published the
final rule establishing the 2017 Annual
Adjustment for those civil monetary
penalties adjusted in the DOL IFR. See
82 FR 5373 (DOL 2017 Annual
Adjustment). On July 1, 2016, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor
(DOL) (collectively, ‘‘the Departments’’)
jointly published an IFR that established
the initial catch-up adjustment for civil
monetary penalties assessed or enforced
in connection with the employment of
temporary nonimmigrant workers under
the H–2B program. See 81 FR 42983
(Joint IFR). On March 17, 2017, the
Departments jointly published the final
rule establishing the 2017 Annual
Adjustment for the H–2B civil monetary
penalties. See 82 FR 14147 (Joint 2017
Annual Adjustment). The Joint 2017
Annual Adjustment also explained that
DOL would make future adjustments to
the H–2B civil monetary penalties
consistent with DOL’s delegated
authority under 8 U.S.C. 1184(c)(14),
Immigration and Nationality Act section
214(c)(14), and the Inflation Adjustment
Act. See 82 FR 14147–48. On January 2,
2018, the Department published the
final rule establishing the 2018 Annual
Adjustment for civil monetary penalties
assessed or enforced by the Department,
including H–2B civil monetary
penalties. See 83 FR 7 (DOL 2018
Annual Adjustment). On January 23,
2019, the Department published the
final rule establishing the 2019 Annual
Adjustment for civil monetary penalties
assessed or enforced by the Department,
including H–2B civil monetary
penalties. See 84 FR 213 (DOL 2019
Annual Adjustment). On January 15,
2020, the Department published the
final rule establishing the 2020 Annual
Adjustment for civil monetary penalties
assessed or enforced by the Department,
including H–2B civil monetary
penalties. See 85 FR 2292 (DOL 2020
Annual Adjustment). On January 14,
2021, the Department published the
final rule establishing the 2021 Annual
Adjustment for civil monetary penalties
assessed or enforced by the Department,
including H–2B civil monetary
penalties. See 86 FR 2964 (DOL 2021
Annual Adjustment).
This rule implements the 2022 annual
inflation adjustments, as required by the
Inflation Adjustment Act, for civil
monetary penalties assessed or enforced
by the Department, including H–2B civil
monetary penalties. The Inflation
Adjustment Act provides that the
increased penalty levels apply to any
penalties assessed after the effective
date of the increase. Pursuant to the
Inflation Adjustment Act, this final rule
is published notwithstanding Section
553 of the APA.
This rule is not significant under
Executive Order 12866.
Pursuant to the Congressional Review
Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs
designated this rule as not a ‘major rule,’
as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).
II. Adjustment for 2022
The Department has undertaken a
thorough review of civil penalties
administered by its various components
pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment
Act and in accordance with guidance
issued by the Office of Management and
Budget.
1
The Department first identified the
most recent penalty amount, which
(with two exceptions, discussed herein)
is the amount established by the 2021
annual adjustment as set forth in the
DOL 2021 Annual Adjustment
published on January 14, 2021. The
Department is also responsible for
administering and enforcing a newly-
enacted civil monetary penalty
regarding retention of tips under the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). See
Public Law 115–141, section 1201
(2018) enacting $1,100 civil monetary
penalty). In 2018, Congress amended the
FLSA to expressly prohibit employers
from keeping employee’s tips for any
purpose, and gave the Department
discretion to impose civil monetary
penalties of up to $1,100 on employers
that unlawfully keep tips. See 29 U.S.C.
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OMB provided the year-over-year multiplier,
rounded to 5 decimal points. Id. at 1.
3
Appendix 1 consists of a table that provides
ready access to key information about each penalty.
203(m)(2)(B); 216(e)(2). On December
30, 2020, the Department published a
final rule that, among other provisions,
would have codified this tips retention
civil monetary penalty and adjusted the
amount of the civil money penalty for
inflation pursuant to the Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990 to the amount
of $1,162. See Tip Regulations Under
the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 85
FR 86,756 (Final Rule, Dec. 30, 2020)
(2020 Tip final rule). The 2020 Tip final
rule was initially scheduled to go into
effect on March 1, 2021. However, the
Department delayed the 2020 Tip final
rule’s effective date first to April 30,
2021, and then subsequently delayed
the effective date of certain portions of
the rule until December 31, 2021. On
March 25, 2021, the Department
proposed to withdraw and repropose
two portions of the 2020 Tip final rule,
including the portion incorporating the
new provisions authorizing the
assessment of civil monetary penalties
for violations of section 3(m)(2)(B) of the
FLSA. See Tip Regulations Under the
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Partial
Withdrawal, 86 FR 15,817 (proposed
March 25, 2021). On September 24,
2021, the Department finalized those
proposed regulations, which included
an adjustment of the civil monetary
amount to $1,162 pursuant to the
Inflation Adjustment Act. See Tip
Regulations Under the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA); Partial
Withdrawal, 86 FR 52,973 (Final Rule,
Sept. 24, 2021). Those regulations
became effective on November 23, 2021.
Accordingly, for purposes of this
Inflation Adjustment Act final rule, the
most recent penalty amount for the new
tips retention civil monetary penalty is
$1,162.
In addition, the Department is
responsible for administering and
enforcing the high-wage components of
the labor value content requirements as
set forth in section 202A of the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
Implementation Act (USMCA), Public
Law 116–113, 134 Stat. 11 (2020),
codified at 19 U.S.C. 1508, as amended,
and 19 U.S.C. 4501 et seq. The
Department published an Interim Final
Rule implementing regulations
necessary to administer these
requirements, which became effective
on July 1, 2020. See High-Wage
Components of the Labor Value Content
Requirements Under the United States-
Mexico-Canada Agreement
Implementation Act, 85 FR 39,782
(Interim Final Rule, July 1, 2020)
(codified at 29 CFR part 810) (2020
USMCA IFR). Among other provisions,
pursuant to the Secretary’s authority
under 19 U.S.C. 4532(e)(5), the 2020
USMCA IFR established a civil
monetary penalty at 29 CFR
810.800(c)(3)(i) of up to $50,000 per
violation of the rule’s whistleblower
protections. The Department was not
required to adjust this civil monetary
penalty in its 2021 Inflation Adjustment
Act rule because this penalty was
established within the 12 months
preceding the 2021 inflation adjustment.
See Inflation Adjustment Act, § 4(d), 28
U.S.C. 2461 note, § 4(d). Accordingly,
for purposes of this Inflation
Adjustment Act final rule, the most
recent maximum penalty amount for the
new USMCA civil monetary penalty is
$50,000.
The Department is required to
calculate the annual adjustment based
on the Consumer Price Index for all
Urban Consumers (CPI–U). Annual
inflation adjustments are based on the
percent change between the October
CPI–U preceding the date of the
adjustment, and the prior year’s October
CPI–U; in this case, the percent change
between the October 2021 CPI–U and
the October 2020 CPI–U. The cost-of-
living adjustment multiplier for 2022,
based on the Consumer Price Index
(CPI–U) for the month of October 2021,
not seasonally adjusted, is 1.06222.
2
In
order to compute the 2022 annual
adjustment, the Department multiplied
the most recent penalty amount for each
applicable penalty by the multiplier,
1.06222, and rounded to the nearest
dollar.
As provided by the Inflation
Adjustment Act, the increased penalty
levels apply to any penalties assessed
after the effective date of this rule.
3
Accordingly, for penalties assessed after
January 15, 2022, whose associated
violations occurred after November 2,
2015, the higher penalty amounts
outlined in this rule will apply. The
tables below demonstrate the penalty
amounts that apply:
C
IVIL
M
ONETARY
P
ENALTIES FOR
V
IOLATIONS OF
S
ECTION
3(m)(2)(B)
OF THE
FLSA (T
IPS
)
Violations occurring Penalty assessed Which penalty level applies
After March 23, 2018 ........................ After March 23, 2018 but on or before November 23, 2021 ........ CAA amount ($1,100).
After March 23, 2018 ........................ After November 23, 2021 but on or before January 15, 2022 ..... November 23, 2021 level ($1,162).
After March 23, 2018 ........................ After January 15, 2022 .................................................................. January 15, 2022 levels.
C
IVIL
M
ONETARY
P
ENALTIES FOR
USMCA V
IOLATIONS
Violations occurring Penalty assessed Which penalty level applies
After July 1, 2020 ............................. After July 1, 2020 but on or before January 15, 2022 .................. 2020 USMCA IFR amount ($50,000).
After July 1, 2020 ............................. After January 15, 2022 .................................................................. January 15, 2022 levels ($53,111).
C
IVIL
M
ONETARY
P
ENALTIES FOR THE
H–2B T
EMPORARY
N
ON
-A
GRICULTURAL
W
ORKER
P
ROGRAM
Violations occurring Penalty assessed Which penalty level applies
On or before November 2, 2015 ...... On or before August 1, 2016 ........................................................ Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
On or before November 2, 2015 ...... After August 1, 2016 ..................................................................... Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After August 1, 2016, but on or before March 17, 2017 ............... August 1, 2016 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After March 17, 2017, but on or before January 2, 2018 ............. March 17, 2017 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 2, 2018, but on or before January 23, 2019 .......... January 2, 2018 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 23, 2019, but on or before January 15, 2020 ........ January 23, 2019 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 15, 2020, but on or before January 15, 2021 ........ January 15, 2020 levels.
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C
IVIL
M
ONETARY
P
ENALTIES FOR THE
H–2B T
EMPORARY
N
ON
-A
GRICULTURAL
W
ORKER
P
ROGRAM
—Continued
Violations occurring Penalty assessed Which penalty level applies
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 15, 2021, but on or before January 15, 2022 ........ January 15, 2021 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 15, 2022 .................................................................. January 15, 2022 levels.
C
IVIL
M
ONETARY
P
ENALTIES FOR
O
THER
DOL P
ROGRAMS
Violations occurring Penalty assessed Which penalty level applies
On or before November 2, 2015 ...... On or before August 1, 2016 ........................................................ Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
On or before November 2, 2015 ...... After August 1, 2016 ..................................................................... Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After August 1, 2016, but on or before January 13, 2017 ............ August 1, 2016 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 13, 2017, but on or before January 2, 2018 .......... January 13, 2017 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 2, 2018, but on or before January 23, 2019 .......... January 2, 2018 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 23, 2019, but on or before January 15, 2020 ........ January 23, 2019 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 15, 2020, but on or before January 15, 2021 ........ January 15, 2020 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 15, 2021, but on or before January 15, 2022 ........ January 15, 2021 levels.
After November 2, 2015 ................... After January 15, 2022 .................................................................. January 15, 2022 levels.
III. Paperwork Reduction Act
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
(44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) requires that the
Department consider the impact of
paperwork and other information
collection burdens imposed on the
public. The Department has determined
that this final rule does not require any
collection of information.
IV. Administrative Procedure Act
The Inflation Adjustment Act
provides that agencies shall annually
adjust civil monetary penalties for
inflation notwithstanding section 553 of
the APA. Additionally, the Inflation
Adjustment Act provides a
nondiscretionary cost-of-living formula
for annual adjustment of the civil
monetary penalties. For these reasons,
the requirements in sections 553(b), (c),
and (d) of the APA, relating to notice
and comment and requiring that a rule
be effective 30 days after publication in
the Federal Register, are inapplicable.
V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory
Planning and Review and Executive
Order 13563: Improving Regulation and
Regulatory Review
Executive Order 12866 requires that
regulatory agencies assess both the costs
and benefits of significant regulatory
actions. Under the Executive Order, a
‘‘significant regulatory action’’ is one
meeting any of a number of specified
conditions, including the following:
Having an annual effect on the economy
of $100 million or more; creating a
serious inconsistency or interfering with
an action of another agency; materially
altering the budgetary impact of
entitlements or the rights of entitlement
recipients; or raising novel legal or
policy issues.
The Department has determined that
this final rule is not a ‘‘significant’’
regulatory action and a cost-benefit and
economic analysis is not required. This
regulation merely adjusts civil monetary
penalties in accordance with inflation as
required by the Inflation Adjustment
Act, and has no impact on disclosure or
compliance costs. The benefit provided
by the inflationary adjustment to the
maximum civil monetary penalties is
that of maintaining the incentive for the
regulated community to comply with
the laws enforced by the Department,
and not allowing the incentive to be
diminished by inflation.
Executive Order 13563 directs
agencies to assess all costs and benefits
of available regulatory alternatives and,
if regulation is necessary, to select
regulatory approaches that maximize
net benefits (including potential
economic, environmental, public health
and safety effects, distributive impacts,
and equity). Executive Order 13563
emphasizes the importance of
quantifying both costs and benefits,
reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and
promoting flexibility to minimize
burden.
The Inflation Adjustment Act directed
the Department to issue the annual
adjustments without regard to section
553 of the APA. In that context,
Congress has already determined that
any possible increase in costs is justified
by the overall benefits of such
adjustments. This final rule makes only
the statutory changes outlined herein;
thus there are no alternatives or further
analysis required by Executive Order
13563.
VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act and
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Act
The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5
U.S.C. 601 et seq. (RFA), imposes
certain requirements on Federal agency
rules that are subject to the notice and
comment requirements of the APA, 5
U.S.C. 553(b). This final rule is exempt
from the requirements of the APA
because the Inflation Adjustment Act
directed the Department to issue the
annual adjustments without regard to
section 553 of the APA. Therefore, the
requirements of the RFA applicable to
notices of proposed rulemaking, 5
U.S.C. 603, do not apply to this rule.
Accordingly, the Department is not
required to either certify that the final
rule would not have a significant
economic impact on a substantial
number of small entities or conduct a
regulatory flexibility analysis.
VII. Other Regulatory Considerations
A. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
of 1995
The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act
of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1531–1538, requires
Federal agencies to assess the effects of
their discretionary regulatory actions. In
particular, the Act addresses actions
that may result in the expenditure by a
state, local, or tribal government, in the
aggregate, or by the private sector of
$100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or
more in any one year. This Final Rule
will not result in such an expenditure.
Therefore, no actions were deemed
necessary under the provisions of the
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of
1995.
B. Executive Order 13132: Federalism
Section 18 of the Occupational Safety
and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29
U.S.C. 667) requires Occupational
Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA)-approved State Plans to have
standards and an enforcement program
that are at least as effective as Federal
OSHA’s standards and enforcement
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program. OSHA-approved State Plans
must have maximum and minimum
penalty levels that are at least as
effective as Federal OSHA’s, per section
18(c)(2) of the OSH Act. See also 29 CFR
1902.4(c)(2)(xi); 1902.37(b)(12). State
Plans are required to increase their
penalties in alignment with OSHA’s
penalty increases to maintain at least as
effective penalty levels.
State Plans are not required to impose
monetary penalties on state and local
government employers. See
§ 1956.11(c)(2)(x). Five (5) states and
one territory have State Plans that cover
only state and local government
employees: Connecticut, Illinois, Maine,
New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin
Islands. Therefore, the requirements to
increase the penalty levels do not apply
to these State Plans. Twenty-one states
and one U.S. territory have State Plans
that cover both private sector employees
and state and local government
employees: Alaska, Arizona, California,
Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,
Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota,
Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina,
Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia,
Washington, and Wyoming. They must
increase their penalties for private-
sector employers.
Other than as listed above, this final
rule does not have federalism
implications because it does not have
substantial direct effects on the states,
on the relationship between the national
government and the states, or on the
distribution of power and
responsibilities among the various
levels of government. Accordingly,
Executive Order 13132, Federalism,
requires no further agency action or
analysis.
C. Executive Order 13175: Indian Tribal
Governments
This final rule does not have ‘‘tribal
implications’’ because it does not have
substantial direct effects on one or more
Indian tribes, on the relationship
between the Federal Government and
Indian tribes, or on the distribution of
power and responsibilities between the
Federal Government and Indian tribes.
Accordingly, Executive Order 13175,
Consultation and Coordination with
Indian Tribal Governments, requires no
further agency action or analysis.
List of Subjects
20 CFR Part 655
Immigration, Labor, Penalties.
20 CFR Part 702
Administrative practice and
procedure, Longshore and harbor
workers, Penalties, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Workers’
compensation.
20 CFR Part 725
Administrative practice and
procedure, Black lung benefits, Coal
miners, Penalties, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements.
20 CFR Part 726
Administrative practice and
procedure, Black lung benefits, Coal
miners, Mines, Penalties.
29 CFR Part 5
Administrative practice and
procedure, Construction industry,
Employee benefit plans, Government
contracts, Law enforcement, Minimum
wages, Penalties, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements.
29 CFR Part 500
Administrative practice and
procedure, Aliens, Housing, Insurance,
Intergovernmental relations,
Investigations, Migrant labor, Motor
vehicle safety, Occupational safety and
health, Penalties, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Wages,
Whistleblowing.
29 CFR Part 501
Administrative practice and
procedure, Agriculture, Aliens,
Employment, Housing, Housing
standards, Immigration, Labor, Migrant
labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages.
29 CFR Part 503
Administrative practice and
procedure, Aliens, Employment,
Housing, Immigration, Labor, Penalties,
Transportation, Wages.
29 CFR Part 530
Administrative practice and
procedure, Clothing, Homeworkers,
Indians-arts and crafts, Penalties,
Reporting and recordkeeping
requirements, Surety bonds, Watches
and jewelry.
29 CFR Part 570
Child labor, Law enforcement,
Penalties.
29 CFR Part 578
Penalties, Wages.
29 CFR Part 579
Child labor, Penalties.
29 CFR Part 801
Administrative practice and
procedure, Employment, Lie detector
tests, Penalties, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements.
29 CFR Part 810
Labor, Wages, Hours of work, Trade
agreement, Motor vehicle, Tariffs,
Imports, Whistleblowing.
29 CFR Part 825
Administrative practice and
procedure, Airmen, Employee benefit
plans, Health, Health insurance, Labor
management relations, Maternal and
child health, Penalties, Reporting and
recordkeeping requirements, Teachers.
29 CFR Part 1903
Intergovernmental relations, Law
enforcement, Occupational Safety and
Health, Penalties.
30 CFR Part 100
Mine safety and health, Penalties.
41 CFR Part 50–201
Child labor, Government
procurement, Minimum wages,
Occupational safety and health,
Reporting and recordkeeping
requirements.
For the reasons set out in the
preamble, 20 CFR chapters VI and VII,
29 CFR subtitle A and chapters V, XVII,
and XXV, 30 CFR chapter I, and 41 CFR
chapter 50 are amended as follows.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training
Administration
Title 20—Employees’ Benefits
PART 655—TEMPORARY
EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN
WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES
1. The authority citation for part 655
continues to read as follows:
Authority: Section 655.0 issued under 8
U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E)(iii), 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)
and (ii), 8 U.S.C. 1103(a)(6), 1182(m), (n), and
(t), 1184(c), (g), and (j), 1188, and 1288(c) and
(d); sec. 3(c)(1), Pub. L. 101–238, 103 Stat.
2099, 2102 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); sec. 221(a),
Pub. L. 101–649, 104 Stat. 4978, 5027 (8
U.S.C. 1184 note); sec. 303(a)(8), Pub. L. 102–
232, 105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101
note); sec. 323(c), Pub. L. 103–206, 107 Stat.
2428; sec. 412(e), Pub. L. 105–277, 112 Stat.
2681 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); sec. 2(d), Pub. L.
106–95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 (8 U.S.C. 1182
note); 29 U.S.C. 49k; Pub. L. 107–296, 116
Stat. 2135, as amended; Pub. L. 109–423, 120
Stat. 2900; 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(i); and 8 CFR
214.2(h)(6)(iii); and sec. 6, Pub. L. 115–128,
132 Stat. 1547 (48 U.S.C. 1806).
Subpart A issued under 8 CFR 214.2(h).
Subpart B issued under 8 U.S.C.
1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), and 1188; and 8
CFR 214.2(h).
Subpart E issued under 48 U.S.C. 1806.
Subparts F and G issued under 8 U.S.C.
1288(c) and (d); sec. 323(c), Pub. L. 103–206,
107 Stat. 2428; and 28 U.S.C. 2461 note, Pub.
L. 114–74 at section 701.
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Subparts H and I issued under 8 U.S.C.
1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) and (b)(1), 1182(n), and
(t), and 1184(g) and (j); sec. 303(a)(8), Pub. L.
102–232, 105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101
note); sec. 412(e), Pub. L. 105–277, 112 Stat.
2681; 8 CFR 214.2(h); and 28 U.S.C. 2461
note, Pub. L. 114–74 at section 701.
Subparts L and M issued under 8 U.S.C.
1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(c) and 1182(m); sec. 2(d),
Pub. L. 106–95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 (8 U.S.C.
1182 note); Pub. L. 109–423, 120 Stat. 2900;
and 8 CFR 214.2(h).
§§ 655.620, 655.801, and 655.810
[Amended]
2. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount indicated in
the middle column from wherever it
appears in the paragraph and add in its
place the dollar amount indicated in the
right column.
Paragraph Remove Add
§ 655.620(a) ............................................................................................................................................................. $9,753 $10,360
§ 655.801(b) ............................................................................................................................................................. 7,939 8,433
§ 655.810(b)(1) introductory text .............................................................................................................................. 1,951 2,072
§ 655.810(b)(2) introductory text .............................................................................................................................. 7,939 8,433
§ 655.810(b)(3) introductory text .............................................................................................................................. 55,570 59,028
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Office of Workers’ Compensation
Programs
PART 702—ADMINISTRATION AND
PROCEDURE
3. The authority citation for part 702
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, and 8171 et seq.;
33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.;
43 U.S.C. 1333; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of
1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at sec. 701;
Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR
3174, 64 Stat. 1263; Secretary’s Order 10–
2009, 74 FR 58834.
§§ 702.204, 702.236, and 702.271
[Amended]
4. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount or date
indicated in the middle column from
wherever it appears in the section or
paragraph and add in its place the dollar
amount or date indicated in the right
column.
Section/paragraph Remove Add
§ 702.204 ................................................................................................................................ $24,730 .......................... $26,269.
§ 702.204 ................................................................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 702.236 ................................................................................................................................ $301 ............................... $320.
§ 702.236 ................................................................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 702.271(a)(2) ........................................................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 702.271(a)(2) ........................................................................................................................ $2,473 ............................ $2,627.
§ 702.271(a)(2) ........................................................................................................................ $12,363 .......................... $13,132.
PART 725—CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS
UNDER PART C OF TITLE IV OF THE
FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
ACT, AS AMENDED
5. The authority citation for part 725
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 2461
note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at
sec. 701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950,
15 FR 3174; 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., 902(f), 921,
932, 936; 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 405;
Secretary’s Order 10–2009, 74 FR 58834.
§ 725.621 [Amended]
6. In § 725.621, amend paragraph (d)
by removing ‘‘January 15, 2021’’ and
adding in its place ‘‘January 15, 2022’’
and by removing ‘‘$1,506’’ and adding
in its place ‘‘$1,600’’.
PART 726—BLACK LUNG BENEFITS;
REQUIREMENTS FOR COAL MINE
OPERATOR’S INSURANCE
7. The authority citation for part 726
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 30 U.S.C. 901 et
seq., 902(f), 925, 932, 933, 934, 936; 33 U.S.C.
901 et seq.; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990);
Pub. L. 114–74 at sec. 701; Reorganization
Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174; Secretary’s
Order 10–2009, 74 FR 58834.
§ 726.302 [Amended]
8. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount or date
indicated in the middle column from
wherever it appears in the paragraph
and add in its place the dollar amount
or date indicated in the right column.
Paragraph Remove Add
§ 726.302(c)(2)(i) table Introductory text ................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 726.302(c)(2)(i) table ............................................................................................................ $148 ............................... $157.
§ 726.302(c)(2)(i) table ............................................................................................................ 293 ................................. $311.
§ 726.302(c)(2)(i) table ............................................................................................................ 441 ................................. $468.
§ 726.302(c)(2)(i) table ............................................................................................................ 586 ................................. $622.
§ 726.302(c)(4) ........................................................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 726.302(c)(4) ........................................................................................................................ $148 ............................... $157.
§ 726.302(c)(5) ........................................................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 726.302(c)(5) ........................................................................................................................ $441 ............................... $468.
§ 726.302(c)(6) ........................................................................................................................ January 15, 2021 ........... January 15, 2022.
§ 726.302(c)(6) ........................................................................................................................ $3,011 ............................ $3,198.
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Wage and Hour Division
Title 29—Labor
PART 5—LABOR STANDARDS
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO
CONTRACTS COVERING FEDERALLY
FINANCED AND ASSISTED
CONSTRUCTION (ALSO LABOR
STANDARDS PROVISIONS
APPLICABLE TO NONCONSTRUCTION
CONTRACTS SUBJECT TO THE
CONTRACT WORK HOURS AND
SAFETY STANDARDS ACT)
9. The authority citation for part 5
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; R.S. 161, 64 Stat.
1267; Reorganization Plan No. 14 of 1950, 5
U.S.C. appendix; 40 U.S.C. 3141 et seq.; 40
U.S.C. 3145; 40 U.S.C. 3148; 40 U.S.C. 3701
et seq.; and the laws listed in 5.1(a) of this
part; Secretary’s Order No. 01–2014 (Dec. 19,
2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C.
2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at
§ 701, 129 Stat 584.
§ 5.5 [Amended]
10. In § 5.5, amend paragraph (b)(2) by
removing ‘‘$27’’ and adding in its place
‘‘$29’’.
§ 5.8 [Amended]
11. In § 5.8, amend paragraph (a) by
removing ‘‘$27’’ and adding in its place
‘‘$29’’.
PART 500—MIGRANT AND SEASONAL
AGRICULTURAL WORKER
PROTECTION
12. The authority citation for part 500
continues to read as follows:
Authority: Pub. L. 97–470, 96 Stat. 2583
(29 U.S.C. 1801–1872); Secretary’s Order No.
01–2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec.
24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990);
and Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat 584.
§ 500.1 [Amended]
13. In § 500.1, amend paragraph (e) by
removing ‘‘$2,579’’ and adding in its
place ‘‘$2,739’’.
PART 501—ENFORCEMENT OF
CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS FOR
TEMPORARY ALIEN AGRICULTURAL
WORKERS ADMITTED UNDER
SECTION 218 OF THE IMMIGRATION
AND NATIONALITY ACT
14. The authority citation for part 501
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a),
1184(c), and 1188; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note
(Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment
Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701.
§ 501.19 [Amended]
15. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount indicated in
the middle column from wherever it
appears in the paragraph and add in its
place the dollar amount indicated in the
right column.
Paragraph Remove Add
§ 501.19(c) introductory text .................................................................................................................................... $1,787 $1,898
§ 501.19(c)(1) ........................................................................................................................................................... 6,012 6,386
§ 501.19(c)(2) ........................................................................................................................................................... 59,528 63,232
§ 501.19(c)(4) ........................................................................................................................................................... 119,055 126,463
§ 501.19(d) ............................................................................................................................................................... 6,012 6,386
§ 501.19(e) ............................................................................................................................................................... 17,859 18,970
§ 501.19(f) ................................................................................................................................................................ 17,859 18,970
PART 503—ENFORCEMENT OF
OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY
NONIMMIGRANT NON-
AGRICULTURAL WORKERS
DESCRIBED IN THE IMMIGRATION
AND NATIONALITY ACT
16. The authority citation for part 503
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b); 8
U.S.C. 1184; 8 CFR 214.2(h); 28 U.S.C. 2461
note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at
§ 701.
§ 503.23 [Amended]
17. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount indicated in
the middle column from wherever it
appears in the paragraph, and add in its
place the dollar amount indicated in the
right column:
Paragraph Remove Add
§ 503.23(b) ............................................................................................................................................................... $13,072 $13,885
§ 503.23(c) ............................................................................................................................................................... 13,072 13,885
§ 503.23(d) ............................................................................................................................................................... 13,072 13,885
PART 530—EMPLOYMENT OF
HOMEWORKERS IN CERTAIN
INDUSTRIES
18. The authority citation for part 530
continues to read as follows:
Authority: Sec. 11, 52 Stat. 1066 (29
U.S.C. 211) as amended by sec. 9, 63 Stat.
910 (29 U.S.C. 211(d)); Secretary’s Order No.
01–2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec.
24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990);
Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701, 129 Stat 584.
19. In § 530.302:
a. Amend paragraph (a) by removing
‘‘$1,084’’ and adding in its place
‘‘$1,151;’’ and
b. Revising paragraph (b).
The revision reads as follows:
§ 530.302 Amounts of civil penalties.
* * * * *
(b) The amount of civil money
penalties shall be determined per
affected homeworker within the limits
set forth in the following schedule,
except that no penalty shall be assessed
in the case of violations which are
deemed to be de minimis in nature:
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T
ABLE
1
TO
P
ARAGRAPH
(b)
Nature of violation
Penalty per affected homeworker
Minor Substantial
Repeated,
intentional
or knowing
Recordkeeping ........................................................................................................... $22–231 $231–460 $460–1,151
Monetary violations .................................................................................................... 22–231 231–460 ..............................
Employment of homeworkers without a certificate .................................................... .............................. 231–460 460–1,151
Other violations of statutes, regulations or employer assurances ............................ 22–231 231–460 460–1,151
PART 570—CHILD LABOR
REGULATIONS, ORDERS AND
STATEMENTS OF INTERPRETATION
Subpart G—General Statements of
Interpretation of the Child Labor
Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards
Act of 1938, as Amended
20. The authority citation for subpart
G of part 570 continues to read as
follows:
Authority: 52 Stat. 1060–1069, as
amended; 29 U.S.C. 201–219; 28 U.S.C. 2461
note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at
§ 701.
§ 570.140 [Amended]
21. In § 570.140, amend paragraph
(b)(1) by removing ‘‘$13,227’’ and
adding in its place ‘‘$14,050’’ and
paragraph (b)(2) by removing ‘‘$60,115’’
and adding in its place ‘‘$63,855’’.
PART 578—TIP RETENTION, MINIMUM
WAGE, AND OVERTIME
VIOLATIONS—CIVIL MONEY
PENALTIES
22. The authority citation for part 578
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 29 U.S.C. 216(e), as amended by
sec. 9, Pub. L. 101–157, 103 Stat. 938, sec.
3103, Pub. L. 101–508, 104 Stat. 1388–29,
sec. 302(a), Pub. L. 110–233, 122 Stat. 920,
and sec. 1201, Div. S., Tit. XII, Pub. L. 115–
141, 132 Stat. 348; Pub. L. 101–410, 104 Stat.
890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note), as amended by
sec. 31001(s), Pub. L. 104–134, 110 Stat.
1321–358, 1321–373, and sec. 701, Pub. L.
114–74, 129 Stat 584.
§ 578.3 [Amended]
23. In § 578.3, amend paragraph (a)(1)
by removing ‘‘$1,162’’ and adding in its
place ‘‘$1,234’’.
24. In § 578.3, amend paragraph (a)(2)
by removing ‘‘$2,074’’ and adding in its
place ‘‘$2,203’’.
PART 579—CHILD LABOR
VIOLATIONS—CIVIL MONEY
PENALTIES
24. The authority citation for part 579
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 29 U.S.C. 203(m), (l), 211, 212,
213(c), 216; Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1950, 64
Stat. 1263, 5 U.S.C. App; secs. 25, 29, 88 Stat.
72, 76; Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 01–
2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24,
2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 Note.
§ 579.1 [Amended]
25. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount indicated in
the middle column from wherever it
appears in the paragraph and add in its
place the dollar amount indicated in the
right column.
Paragraph Remove Add
§ 579.1(a)(1)(i)(A) ..................................................................................................................................................... $13,227 $14,050
§ 579.1(a)(1)(i)(B) ..................................................................................................................................................... 60,115 63,855
§ 579.1(a)(2)(i) ......................................................................................................................................................... 2,074 2,203
§ 579.1(a)(2)(ii) ......................................................................................................................................................... 1,162 1,234
PART 801—APPLICATION OF THE
EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH
PROTECTION ACT OF 1988
26. The authority citation for part 801
continues to read as follows:
Authority: Pub. L. 100–347, 102 Stat. 646,
29 U.S.C. 2001–2009; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note
(Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment
Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701, 129
Stat 584.
§ 801.42 [Amended]
27. In § 801.42, amend paragraph (a)
introductory text by removing
‘‘$21,663’’ and adding in its place
‘‘$23,011’’.
PART 810—HIGH-WAGE
COMPONENTS OF THE LABOR VALUE
CONTENT REQUIREMENTS UNDER
THE UNITED STATES-MEXICO-
CANADA AGREEMENT
IMPLEMENTATION ACT
28. The authority citation for part 810
is revised to read as follows:
Authority: 19 U.S.C. 1508(b)(4) & 19
U.S.C. 4535(b); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of
1990); and Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701.
§ 810.800 [Amended]
29. In § 810.800, amend paragraph
(c)(3)(i) by removing ‘‘$50,000’’ and
adding in its place ‘‘$53,111’’.
PART 825—THE FAMILY AND
MEDICAL LEAVE ACT OF 1993
30. The authority citation for part 825
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 29 U.S.C. 2654; 28 U.S.C. 2461
note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–
74 at § 701.
§ 825.300 [Amended]
31. In § 825.300, amend paragraph
(a)(1) by removing ‘‘$178’’ and adding in
its place ‘‘$189’’.
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration
Title 29—Labor
PART 1903—INSPECTIONS,
CITATIONS, AND PROPOSED
PENALTIES
32. The authority citation for part
1903 continues to read as follows:
Authority: Secs. 8 and 9 of the
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
(29 U.S.C. 657, 658); 5 U.S.C. 553; 28 U.S.C.
2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990), as amended by
Section 701, Pub. L. 114–74; Secretary of
Labor’s Order No. 1–2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan.
25, 2012).
§ 1903.15 [Amended]
33. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount or date
indicated in the middle column from
wherever it appears in the paragraph
and add in its place the dollar amount
or date indicated in the right column.
Paragraph Remove Add
§ 1903.15(d) introductory text ............................ January 15, 2021 ............................................. January 15, 2022.
§ 1903.15(d)(1) .................................................. $9,753 ............................................................... $10,360.
§ 1903.15(d)(1) .................................................. $136,532 ........................................................... $145,027.
§ 1903.15(d)(2) .................................................. $136,532 ........................................................... $145,027.
§ 1903.15(d)(3) .................................................. $13,653 ............................................................. $14,502.
§ 1903.15(d)(4) .................................................. $13,653 ............................................................. $14,502.
§ 1903.15(d)(5) .................................................. $13,653 ............................................................. $14,502.
§ 1903.15(d)(6) .................................................. $13,653 ............................................................. $14,502.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Title 30—Mineral Resources
PART 100—CRITERIA AND
PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSED
ASSESSMENT OF CIVIL PENALTIES
34. The authority citation for part 100
continues to read as follows:
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 30 U.S.C. 815,
820, 957; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990);
Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701.
35. In § 100.3, amend paragraph (a)(1)
introductory text by removing
‘‘$74,775’’ and adding in its place
‘‘$79,428’’ and by removing the table in
paragraph (g) and adding Table 14 to
paragraph (g) to read as follows:
§ 100.3 Determination of penalty amount;
regular assessment.
* * * * *
(g) * * *
T
ABLE
14
TO
P
ARAGRAPH
(g)—
P
ENALTY
C
ONVERSION
T
ABLE
Points Penalty
($)
60 or fewer ........................... $148
61 .......................................... 161
62 .......................................... 173
63 .......................................... 188
64 .......................................... 204
65 .......................................... 221
66 .......................................... 239
67 .......................................... 260
68 .......................................... 280
69 .......................................... 304
70 .......................................... 329
71 .......................................... 357
72 .......................................... 388
T
ABLE
14
TO
P
ARAGRAPH
(g)—P
EN
-
ALTY
C
ONVERSION
T
ABLE
—Contin-
ued
Points Penalty
($)
73 .......................................... 420
74 .......................................... 453
75 .......................................... 492
76 .......................................... 535
77 .......................................... 576
78 .......................................... 626
79 .......................................... 678
80 .......................................... 735
81 .......................................... 796
82 .......................................... 860
83 .......................................... 934
84 .......................................... 1,011
85 .......................................... 1,097
86 .......................................... 1,188
87 .......................................... 1,285
88 .......................................... 1,393
89 .......................................... 1,509
90 .......................................... 1,635
91 .......................................... 1,771
92 .......................................... 1,917
93 .......................................... 2,077
94 .......................................... 2,251
95 .......................................... 2,438
96 .......................................... 2,641
97 .......................................... 2,859
98 .......................................... 3,100
99 .......................................... 3,358
100 ........................................ 3,638
101 ........................................ 3,940
102 ........................................ 4,268
103 ........................................ 4,624
104 ........................................ 5,008
105 ........................................ 5,427
106 ........................................ 5,878
107 ........................................ 6,368
108 ........................................ 6,898
109 ........................................ 7,473
110 ........................................ 8,095
111 ........................................ 8,767
112 ........................................ 9,499
113 ........................................ 10,291
T
ABLE
14
TO
P
ARAGRAPH
(g)—P
EN
-
ALTY
C
ONVERSION
T
ABLE
—Contin-
ued
Points Penalty
($)
114 ........................................ 11,149
115 ........................................ 12,076
116 ........................................ 13,081
117 ........................................ 14,172
118 ........................................ 15,352
119 ........................................ 16,631
120 ........................................ 18,015
121 ........................................ 19,517
122 ........................................ 21,140
123 ........................................ 22,903
124 ........................................ 24,811
125 ........................................ 26,874
126 ........................................ 29,114
127 ........................................ 31,540
128 ........................................ 34,166
129 ........................................ 37,012
130 ........................................ 40,096
131 ........................................ 43,435
132 ........................................ 47,051
133 ........................................ 50,970
134 ........................................ 55,036
135 ........................................ 59,100
136 ........................................ 63,168
137 ........................................ 67,230
138 ........................................ 71,297
139 ........................................ 75,361
140 or more .......................... 79,428
* * * * *
§§ 100.4 and 100.5 [Amended]
36. In the following table, for each
paragraph indicated in the left column,
remove the dollar amount indicated in
the middle column from wherever it
appears in the paragraph, and add in its
place the dollar amount indicated in the
right column.
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§ 100.4(a) ................................................................................................................................................................. $2,493 $2,648
§ 100.4(b) ................................................................................................................................................................. 4,983 5,293
§ 100.4(c) introductory text ...................................................................................................................................... 6,232 6,620
§ 100.4(c) introductory text ...................................................................................................................................... 74,775 79,428
§ 100.5(c) ................................................................................................................................................................. 8,101 8,605
§ 100.5(d) ................................................................................................................................................................. 342 363
§ 100.5(e) ................................................................................................................................................................. 274,175 291,234
Title 41—Public Contracts and Property
Management
PART 50–201—GENERAL
REGULATIONS
37. The authority citation for part 50–
201 continues to read as follows:
Authority: Sec. 4, 49 Stat. 2038; 41 U.S.C.
38. Interpret or apply sec. 6, 49 Stat. 2038,
as amended; 41 U.S.C. 40; 108 Stat. 7201; 28
U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties
Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L.
114–74 at § 701, 129 Stat 584.
§ 50–201.3 [Amended]
38. In § 50–201.3, amend paragraph
(e) by removing ‘‘$27’’ and adding in its
place ‘‘$29’’.
Signed in Washington, DC.
Martin J. Walsh,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.
Note: The following Appendix will not
appear in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Agency Law Name description CFR citation
2021 2022
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Regular Assessment ................................ 30 CFR 100.3(a) ..... ........................ $74,775 ......... ........................ $79,428.
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Penalty Conversion Table ........................ 30 CFR 100.3(g) ..... $139 $74,775 ......... $148 $79,428.
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Minimum Penalty for any order issued
under 104(d)(1) of the Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.4(a) ..... 2,493 ....................... 2,648
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Minimum penalty for any order issued
under 104(d)(2) of the Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.4(b) ..... 4,983 ....................... 5,293
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Penalty for failure to provide timely notifi-
cation under 103(j) of the Mine Act. 39 CFR 100.4(c) ..... 6,232 $74,775 ......... 6,620 $79,428.
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Any operator who fails to correct a viola-
tion for which a citation or order was
issued under 104(a) of the Mine Act.
30 CFR 100.5(c) ..... ........................ $8,101 ........... ........................ $8,605.
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Violation of mandatory safety standards
related to smoking standards. 30 CFR 100.5(d) ..... ........................ $342 .............. ........................ $363.
MSHA .... Federal Mine
Safety &
Health Act of
1977.
Flagrant violations under 110(b)(2) of the
Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.5(e) ..... ........................ $274,175 ....... ........................ $291,234.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 209(b): Per plan year for failure
to furnish reports (e.g., pension benefit
statements) to certain former employ-
ees or maintain employee records
each employee a separate violation.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $31 ................ ........................ $33.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(2)—Per day for failure/re-
fusal to properly file plan annual report. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $2,259 ........... ........................ $2,400.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(4)—Per day for failure to
disclose certain documents upon re-
quest under ERISA 101(k) and (l); fail-
ure to furnish notices under 101(j) and
514(e)(3)—each statutory recipient a
separate violation.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,788 ........... ........................ $1,899.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(5)—Per day for each fail-
ure to file annual report for Multiple
Employer Welfare Arrangements
(MEWAs) under 101(g).
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,644 ........... ........................ $1,746.
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Agency Law Name description CFR citation
2021 2022
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(6)—Per day for each fail-
ure to provide Secretary of Labor re-
quested documentation not to exceed
a per-request maximum.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $161 per day,
not to ex-
ceed $1,613
per request.
........................ $171 per day,
not to ex-
ceed $1,713
per request.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(7)—Per day for each fail-
ure to provide notices of blackout peri-
ods and of right to divest employer se-
curities– each statutory recipient a sep-
arate violation.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $143 .............. ........................ $152.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(8)—Per each failure by an
endangered status multiemployer plan
to adopt a funding improvement plan or
meet benchmarks; or failure of a crit-
ical status multiemployer plan to adopt
a rehabilitation plan.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,419 ........... ........................ $1,507.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(9)(A)—Per day for each
failure by an employer to inform em-
ployees of CHIP coverage opportuni-
ties under Section 701(f)(3)(B)(i)(l)—
each employee a separate violation.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $120 .............. ........................ $127.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(9)(B)—Per day for each
failure by a plan to timely provide to
any State information required to be
disclosed under Section 701(f)(3)(B)(ii),
as added by CHIP regarding coverage
coordination—each participant/bene-
ficiary a separate violation.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $120 .............. ........................ $127.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(10)—Failure by any plan
sponsor of group health plan, or any
health insurance issuer offering health
insurance coverage in connection with
the plan, to meet the requirements of
Sections 702(a)(1)(F), (b)(3), (c) or (d);
or Section 701; or Section 702(b)(1)
with respect to genetic information—
daily per participant and beneficiary
during non-compliance period.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $120 .............. ........................ $127.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(10)—uncorrected de mini-
mis violation. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... 3,005 ....................... 3,192
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(10)—uncorrected viola-
tions that are not de minimis. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... 18,035 ....................... 19,157
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(10)—unintentional failure
maximum cap. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $601,152 ....... ........................ $638,556.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(c)(12)—Per day for each fail-
ure of a CSEC plan in restoration sta-
tus to adopt a restoration plan.
29CFR 2575.1–3 ..... ........................ $110 .............. ........................ $117.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Section 502(m)—Failure of fiduciary to
make a proper distribution from a de-
fined benefit plan under section 206(e)
of ERISA.
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $17,416 ......... ........................ $18,500.
EBSA .... Employee Retire-
ment Income
Security Act.
Failure to provide Summary of Benefits
Coverage under PHS Act section
2715(f), as incorporated in ERISA sec-
tion 715 and 29 CFR 2590.715–
2715(e).
29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,190 ........... ........................ $1,264.
OSHA .... Occupational
Safety and
Health Act.
Serious Violation ....................................... 29 CFR
1903.15(d)(3). ........................ $13,653 ......... ........................ $14,502.
OSHA .... Occupational
Safety and
Health Act.
Other-Than-Serious .................................. 29 CFR
1903.15(d)(4). ........................ $13,653 ......... ........................ $14,502.
OSHA .... Occupational
Safety and
Health Act.
Willful ........................................................ 29 CFR
1903.15(d)(1). 9,753 $136,532 ....... 10,360 $145,027.
OSHA .... Occupational
Safety and
Health Act.
Repeated .................................................. 29 CFR
1903.15(d)(2). ........................ $136,532 ....... ........................ $145,027.
OSHA .... Occupational
Safety and
Health Act.
Posting Requirement ................................ 29 CFR
1903.15(d)(6). ........................ $13,653 ......... ........................ $14,502.
OSHA .... Occupational
Safety and
Health Act.
Failure to Abate ........................................ 29 CFR
1903.15(d)(5). ........................ $13,653 per
day. ........................ $14,502 per
day.
WHD ..... Family and Med-
ical Leave Act. FMLA ........................................................ 29 CFR
825.300(a)(1). ........................ $178 .............. ........................ $189.
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Agency Law Name description CFR citation
2021 2022
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. FLSA ......................................................... 29 CFR 578.3(a)(1) ........................ $1,162 ........... ........................ $1,234.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. FLSA ......................................................... 29 CFR 578.3(a)(2) ........................ $2,074 ........... ........................ $2,203.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor ............................................... 29 CFR
579.1(a)(2)(i). ........................ $2,074 ........... ........................ $2,203.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor ............................................... 29 CFR
579.1(a)(2)(ii). ........................ $1,162 ........... ........................ $1,234.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor ............................................... 29 CFR
570.140(b)(1). ........................ $13,227 ......... ........................ $14,050.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor ............................................... 29 CFR
579.1(a)(1)(i)(A). ........................ $13,227 ......... ........................ $14,050.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor that causes serious injury or
death. 29 CFR
570.140(b)(2). ........................ $60,115 ......... ........................ $63,855.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor that causes serious injury or
death. 29 CFR
579.1(a)(1)(i)(B). ........................ $60,115 ......... ........................ $63,855.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Child Labor willful or repeated that
causes serious injury or death (penalty
amount doubled).
29 CFR
570.140(b)(2); 29
CFR
579.1(a)(1)(i)(B)
Doubled.
........................ $120,230 ....... ........................ $127,710.
WHD ..... Migrant and Sea-
sonal Agricul-
tural Worker
Protection Act.
MSPA ........................................................ 29 CFR 500.1(e) ..... ........................ $2,579 ........... ........................ $2,739.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H1B ........................................................... 20 CFR
655.810(b)(1). ........................ $1,951 ........... ........................ $2,072.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H1B retaliation .......................................... 20 CFR 655.801(b) ........................ $7,939 ........... ........................ $8,433.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H1B willful or discrimination ..................... 20 CFR
655.810(b)(2). ........................ $7,939 ........... ........................ $8,433.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H1B willful that resulted in displacement
of a US worker. 20 CFR
655.810(b)(3). ........................ $55,570 ......... ........................ $59,028.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. D–1 ........................................................... 20 CFR 655.620(a) ........................ $9,753 ........... ........................ $10,360.
WHD ..... Contract Work
Hours and
Safety Stand-
ards Act.
CWHSSA .................................................. 29 CFR 5.5(b)(2) ..... ........................ $27 ................ ........................ $29.
WHD ..... Contract Work
Hours and
Safety Stand-
ards Act.
CWHSSA .................................................. 29 CFR 5.8(a) ......... ........................ $27 ................ ........................ $29.
WHD ..... Walsh-Healey
Public Con-
tracts Act.
Walsh-Healey ........................................... 41 CFR 50–201.3(e) ........................ $27 ................ ........................ $29.
WHD ..... Employee Poly-
graph Protec-
tion Act.
EPPA ........................................................ 29 CFR 801.42(a) ... ........................ $21,663 ......... ........................ $23,011.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A ........................................................... 29 CFR 501.19(c) ... ........................ $1,787 ........... ........................ $1,898.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A willful or discrimination ..................... 29 CFR 501.19(c)(1) ........................ $6,012 ........... ........................ $6,386.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A Safety or health resulting in serious
injury or death. 29 CFR 501.19(c)(2) ........................ $59,528 ......... ........................ $63,232.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A willful or repeated safety or health
resulting in serious injury or death. 29 CFR 501.19(c)(4) ........................ $119,055 ....... ........................ $126,463.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A failing to cooperate in an investiga-
tion. 29 CFR 501.19(d) ... ........................ $6,012 ........... ........................ $6,386.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A displacing a US worker .................... 29 CFR 501.19(e) ... ........................ $17,859 ......... ........................ $18,970.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H2A improperly rejecting a US worker ..... 29 CFR 501.19(f) .... ........................ $17,859 ......... ........................ $18,970.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H–2B ......................................................... 29 CFR 503.23(b) ... ........................ $13,072 ......... ........................ $13,885.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H–2B ......................................................... 29 CFR 503.23(c) ... ........................ $13,072 ......... ........................ $13,885.
WHD ..... Immigration &
Nationality Act. H–2B ......................................................... 29 CFR 503.23(d) ... ........................ $13,072 ......... ........................ $13,885.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Home Worker ........................................... 29 CFR 530.302(a) ........................ $1,084 ........... ........................ $1,151.
WHD ..... Fair Labor
Standards Act. Home Worker ........................................... 29 CFR 530.302(b) 21 $1,084 ........... 22 $1,151.
WHD ..... United States-
Mexico-Can-
ada Agree-
ment Imple-
mentation Act.
Whistleblower ........................................... 29 CFR
810.800(c)(3)(i). ........................ $50,000 ......... ........................ $53,111.
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1
Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation
Adjustment Act of 1990, a penalty is a civil
monetary penalty if (among other things) it is for
a specific monetary amount or has a maximum
amount specified by Federal law. Title IV also
provides (in section 4007) for penalties for late
payment of premiums, but those penalties are
neither in a specified amount nor subject to a
specified maximum amount.
2
Sec. 701, Public Law 114–74, 129 Stat. 599–601
(Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015).
Agency Law Name description CFR citation
2021 2022
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Min penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
Max penalty
(rounded to
nearest dollar)
OWCP ... Longshore and
Harbor Work-
ers’ Com-
pensation Act.
Failure to file first report of injury or filing
a false statement or misrepresentation
in first report.
20 CFR 702.204 ..... ........................ $24,730 ......... ........................ $26,269.
OWCP ... Longshore and
Harbor Work-
ers’ Com-
pensation Act.
Failure to report termination of payments 20 CFR 702.236 ..... ........................ $301 .............. ........................ $320.
OWCP ... Longshore and
Harbor Work-
ers’ Com-
pensation Act.
Discrimination against employees who
claim compensation or testify in a
LHWCA proceeding.
20 CFR
702.271(a)(2). 2,473 $12,363 ......... 2,627 $13,132.
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to report termination of payments 20 CFR 725.621(d) ........................ $1,506 ........... ........................ $1,600.
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits for
mines with fewer than 25 employees. 20 CFR
726.302(c)(2)(i). 148 ....................... 157
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits for
mines with 25–50 employees. 20 CFR
726.302(c)(2)(i). 293 ....................... 311
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits for
mines with 51–100 employees. 20 CFR
726.302(c)(2)(i). 441 ....................... 468
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits for
mines with more than 100 employees. 20 CFR
726.302(c)(2)(i). 586 ....................... 622
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits
after 10th day of notice. 20 CFR
726.302(c)(4). 148 ....................... 157
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits for
repeat offenders. 20 CFR
726.302(c)(5). 441 ....................... 468
OWCP ... Black Lung Ben-
efits Act. Failure to secure payment of benefits ...... 20 CFR
726.302(c)(5). ........................ $3,011 ........... ........................ $3,198.
[FR Doc. 2022–00144 Filed 1–13–22; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510–HL–P
PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY
CORPORATION
29 CFR Parts 4071 and 4302
RIN 1212–AB45
Adjustment of Civil Penalties for
Inflation
AGENCY
: Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corporation.
ACTION
: Final rule.
SUMMARY
: The Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corporation is required to amend its
regulations annually to adjust for
inflation the maximum civil penalty for
failure to provide certain notices or
other material information and for
failure to provide certain multiemployer
plan notices.
DATES
:
Effective date: This rule is effective on
January 14, 2022.
Applicability date: The increases in
the civil monetary penalties under
sections 4071 and 4302 of the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act
provided for in this rule apply to such
penalties assessed after January 14,
2022.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Gregory Katz (katz.gregory@pbgc.gov),
Attorney, Regulatory Affairs Division,
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation,
1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC
20005–4026; 202–229–3829. (TTY users
may call the Federal relay service toll-
free at 800–877–8339 and ask to be
connected to 202–229–3829.)
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Executive Summary
Purpose of the Regulatory Action
This rule is needed to carry out the
requirements of the Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act
Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of
Management and Budget guidance M–
22–07. The rule adjusts, as required for
2022, the maximum civil penalties
under 29 CFR 4071 and 29 CFR 4302
that the Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corporation (PBGC) may assess for
failure to provide certain notices or
other material information and certain
multiemployer plan notices.
PBGC’s legal authority for this action
comes from the Federal Civil Penalties
Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as
amended by the Federal Civil Penalties
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements
Act of 2015 and from sections
4002(b)(3), 4071, and 4302 of the
Employee Retirement Income Security
Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Major Provisions of the Regulatory
Action
This rule adjusts as required by law
the maximum civil penalties that PBGC
may assess under sections 4071 and
4302 of ERISA. The new maximum
amounts are $2,400 for section 4071
penalties and $320 for section 4302
penalties.
Background
PBGC administers title IV of ERISA.
Title IV has two provisions that
authorize PBGC to assess civil monetary
penalties.
1
Section 4302, added to
ERISA by the Multiemployer Pension
Plan Amendments Act of 1980,
authorizes PBGC to assess a civil
penalty of up to $100 a day for failure
to provide a notice under subtitle E of
title IV of ERISA (dealing with
multiemployer plans). Section 4071,
added to ERISA by the Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1987, authorizes
PBGC to assess a civil penalty of up to
$1,000 a day for failure to provide a
notice or other material information
under subtitles A, B, and C of title IV
and sections 303(k)(4) and 306(g)(4) of
title I of ERISA.
Adjustment of Civil Penalties
On November 2, 2015, the President
signed into law the Federal Civil
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act
Improvements Act of 2015,
2
which
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